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Law School Dean Offers Tradition-Rocking Vision of Legal Profession's Future

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Timothy Fisher, the dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law, owes his reputation as a private practice attorney in about equal measure to his work for the rich and powerful and the poor and forgotten.

National Litigation Firm Opens Conn. Office

By Law Tribune Staff |

A former Norwalk City Council president is the lead attorney in the new Connecticut office of a nationwide litigation firm.

Howard A. Jacobs

Iconic, 'Tenacious' New Haven Defense Attorney Passes Away

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Howard Jacobs represented all types: jilted spouses, people accused of violent felonies and routine misdemeanors; rock stars with behavioral issues.

Conn. Judge OKs $140 Million Settlement in Retirement Benefits Case

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge in Connecticut has given his final approval to a $140 million national settlement in a dispute that has been pending since 2001 between the trustees of five employer-sponsored 401(k) plans and Nationwide Life Insurance.

Five Partners Bolt Conn. Practice for International Firm

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

When Steven J. Moore and some other partners in the Stamford office of Kelley Drye & Warren wanted to make a move, Moore called a former classmate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. The classmate, Louis R. Piscatelli, happens to be a Connecticut-based regional senior partner at Withers Bergman, a London-headquartered firm known for its trust and estate planning, tax work and other legal services for high net-worth individuals.

IBM Computer Tapes Dumped on Highway Lead to Conn. Supreme Court Case

By Christian Nolan |

In an issue of first impression, the state Supreme Court will decide whether commercial general liability (CGL) insurance covers certain data breaches in the wake of IBM's loss of employment data for 500,000 past and present employees.

Robert Killian

Outspoken Judge Steps Down After 30 Years, 50,000 Cases

By Jay Stapleton |

For more than 30 years, Robert Killian served as the lone judge for all probate matters in Hartford.

Domestic Violence Death Leads to $3 Million Settlement

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut city where police officers and dispatchers were accused of negligence and ethnic discrimination in their response to what became a murder-suicide in 2010 has agreed to settle a lawsuit by the victim's family for $3 million.

Court Orders New Trial in Flying Log Death Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has ordered a new civil trial in the case of a man who was killed by a flying log at a state Department of Transportation work site.

Ryan O'Neill

Dispute over Greenwich Real Estate Deal Leads to $1.3 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

Litigation over a flopped real estate development project in Greenwich has led to a $1.33 million jury verdict in Stamford.

Law Tribune Seeks Nominees for Professional Excellence Awards

The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its first ever Professional Excellence Awards.


Mark Dubois: New Media, Old Lawyers—And a Bad Biking Accident

By Mark Dubois |

I had the recent pleasure of doing an in-service training for a state agency. When my daughter learned that I would be speaking on social media, she emailed me (because I don't tweet, snap, vine or text) and asked what I knew about this stuff that qualified me to be giving such a talk.

Dentist Settles Medicaid Fraud Claims for $2.1 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A dentist accused of participating in a multimillion-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme has reached a $2.1 million civil settlement with the state of Connecticut.

Woman Pulled From Car by Cops Settles Suit for $55,000

By Associated Press |

A New Haven woman has reached a $55,000 settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought against the town of East Haven and eight police officers. The American Civil Liberties Union and East Haven announced the settlement on April 22.

Unhappy Probate Court Workers Ask Lawmakers to OK Union

By Karen Ali |

Clerks and other employees of Connecticut's Probate Court system feel they are poorly treated compared to other state workers, and so the probate staffers are pushing for legislation that would allow them to unionize.

Kenneth Ireland

Fund for Exonerated Inmates Low on Reserves, Schedules Fundraiser

By Christian Nolan |

Kenneth Ireland spent 21 years behind bars for a rape and murder he did not commit. Miguel Roman served 20 years in prison for a murder that DNA evidence now shows was committed by another man who has since been convicted.

Intellectual Property, Patent & Trademark

Topics within the Intellectual Property, Patent and Trademark special section include: the first step in fighting cybersquatting, ‘Blurred Lines’ case reveals nuances in music copyright laws, patent litigation reform, anti-troll legislation, appellate panel is likely to thwart Supreme Court, copyright and contract law on the internet, and biosimilar applicants opt out of patent dance.

Michelle P. Ciotola and George A. Pelletier Jr.

Fuzzy Jury Instructions Affected 'Blurred Lines' Case

By Michelle P. Ciotola and George A. Pelletier Jr. |

Singer-songwriters Robin Thicke, Clifford "T.I." Harris and Pharrell Williams' song "Blurred Lines" was released in 2013 and quickly climbed the charts to become the longest-running No 1 single of 2013. Unfortunately for Thicke and Williams, their success hit a sour note when the estate of legendary rhythm and blues artist Marvin Gaye received a $7.4 million jury verdict for copyright infringement.

John Rowland

Rowland Lawyer Outlines Appeal Strategy in Court Briefs

By Associated Press |

Former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland's lawyer has outlined an appeal strategy over his client's conviction in a political consulting scheme, arguing that prosecutors failed to disclose information that would have been helpful to the defense.

Leslie-Anne Maxwell, Andrew C. Ryan, Steven M. Coyle, Christopher A. Potts, and Derek J. Denhart

Will Biosimilar Applicants Opt Out of Patent Dance?

By Leslie-Anne Maxwell, Andrew C. Ryan, Steven M. Coyle, Christopher A. Potts, and Derek J. Denhart |

On March 6, the federal Food and Drug Administration licensed the first-ever U.S. biosimilar drug, Sandoz's Zarxio, a version of Amgen's Neupogen (filgrastim). Less than two weeks later, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied Amgen's motion for a preliminary injunction against Sandoz's Zarxio launch, removing the final barrier to consumers being able to obtain the drug.


Norm Pattis: Courts Impose Far Too Many Life Sentences

By Norm Pattis |

I wasn't under any illusions about what the sentence would be. My client was convicted of shooting a man in a drive-by shooting, killing him almost instantly. There were other charges pending, charges involving other shootings. The maximum sentence for murder was 60 years. We expected the full monty.

Jury Award Reduced From $800,000 to $60,000 in Negligence Case

By Christian Nolan |

A Superior Court judge has reduced an $800,000 jury award down to $60,000 in a lawsuit brought by the family of an 80-year-old woman who fell outside her apartment house and died of hypothermia because she couldn't get up.

Jed Horwitt

Conn. Court Wrestles With $100 Million Ponzi Scheme

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Michael S. Goldberg spent his days selling medical equipment. But he promised potential investors he had a hookup through a college fraternity brother to purchase foreclosed assets from Chase Manhattan Bank.

Editorial: Religious Freedom Acts Have Legitimate Goals

There has been much recent uproar over state efforts to enact state Religious Freedom Restoration acts (RFRA).

Second Circuit Rejects Casino Worker's Discrimination Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A former Mohegan Sun Casino employee lost her employment discrimination case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit earlier the month.

Eric Osterberg

Copyright and Contract Law on the Internet

By Eric Osterberg |

A case decided in March in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts addresses several important issues concerning the ways in which copyright law and contract law interact on the Internet. The case is Small Justice Ventures v. Xcentric Ventures, Civil Action No. 13-cv-11701 (D. Mass. Mar. 27, 2015).

Editorial: Playing Fast and Loose With Law School Transfers

For as long as there has been more than one law school, students probably have been transferring from the law school where they spent their first year to a school they perceived as more suitable to their needs.

Fatima Lahnin and John L. Cordani Jr.

Is Federal Circuit Really 'Terrified' of Reversals?

By Fatima Lahnin and John L. Cordani Jr. |

There is a deep and undeniable divide between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which has persisted for nearly a decade. The frequency with which the Supreme Court overturns Federal Circuit patent law precedent that seeks to treat patent law as "special" or to erect rigid tests in spite of a patent statute's flexible language has increased exponentially in recent years.

Editorial: Police Excessive Force Complaints a National Crisis

We have a national excessive use of force problem in our law enforcement community. The onslaught of examples in the last nine months has moved this issue to the forefront.

Editorial: Conn. Justices Should Be Ashamed of Vitriolic Attacks

At nearly 170 pages in length and consisting of a majority opinion, one concurrence and two dissents, the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent and momentous 6-2 decision in Lapointe v. Commissioner of Correction will be praised by many for correcting a gross miscarriage of justice that had resulted in the imprisonment of a mentally impaired person for 26 years for a crime he likely did not commit.

Conn. Case Part of National Debate Over Openness of Juvenile Proceedings

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

When Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini decided last November to bar publication of a Law Tribune article about a child custody case, he wrote that the privacy rights of children in juvenile court were "a governmental interest of the highest order."

Court Upholds Conviction in Judicial Bribery Case

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld the conviction of a man who tried to bribe a state judge in an effort to influence a grand jury investigation into his wife's disappearance.

Andy Corea

The First Step in Fighting Cybersquatting

By Andy I. Corea |

Disputes between trademark owners and domain registrants often turn on ownership of a distinctive trademark. A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decision demonstrates how important federal trademark registrations are in establishing rights in these contests.

Scott Lydon and Justin Durelli

Anti-Troll Legislation: Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Scott Lydon and Justin Durelli |

Recent media attention has brought the term "patent troll" out of the obscure patent attorney lexicon and into the public realm of discussion. The increased debate surrounding the so-called abusive practices of patent trolls has inspired Congress to twice consider legislative reform.

Conn. Court Officials Warn of Email Scam

By Law Tribune Staff |

That awkwardly worded message in your email inbox warning of an upcoming court date is probably bogus.

Commentary: Boston Bomber's Body Language Won't Win Over Jury

By Duane Lueders |

As the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial enters the penalty phase, several interesting issues regarding the government's attempt to impose the death penalty, and Tsarnaev's apparent attempt to avoid it, are presented.

Michael J. Kasdan and Joseph M. Casino

Patent Litigation Reform on the Horizon?

By Michael J. Kasdan and Joseph M. Casino |

For several years, there have been rumblings that Congress will be passing patent litigation reform. The proposed reforms have primarily been directed at addressing complaints about so-called "patent trolls" that misuse "bad patents" by bringing resulting vexatious and costly litigation that leave companies with a choice between paying to defend the lawsuit and paying a settlement to end the litigation.

Conn. AG Says Casino Bill May Have Constitutional Problems

By Associated Press |

Attorney General George Jepsen is warning Connecticut legislative leaders that a bill allowing the state's two federally recognized tribes to open jointly operated casinos could face legal challenges from other gambling entities who claim the legislation is unconstitutional.

Longtime Federal Prosecutor Named Conn. Bankruptcy Judge

By Law Tribune Staff |

A veteran federal prosecutor in Connecticut has been named the state's newest federal bankruptcy judge. Ann Nevins, who also spent time as a private practice bankruptcy attorney, succeeds Albert Dabrowski, who retired after 22 years on the bench.

Custody Case Offers Rare View of Usually Secret Proceedings

By Isaac Avilucea |

On March 20, 2014, state child welfare officials took three young children from the Simsbury home of two attorneys who were in the midst of a bitter divorce.

Defendant Appeals Conviction for Reclaiming Own Money

By Christian Nolan |

The Supreme Court will consider whether a person can be convicted of attempted robbery if they use violence in an attempt to regain their own money or other possessions.

Connecticut ACLU Names New Policy Director

By Law Tribune Staff |

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has promoted its longtime staff attorney to the post of legislative and policy director.

Court Rejects 'Perceived Disability' Bias Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

When Arnetha Eaddy was hired as a police officer, she received great ratings during her field training.

Connecticut Tribes Side With State in Payday Loan Dispute

By Associated Press |

Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes sided Monday with the state in a dispute with an Oklahoma-based tribe and its Internet payday loan companies.

Judge Says City Council Can't Terminate Voter Registrars

By Associated Press |

A Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled that Hartford may not remove three registrars of voters at the center of Election Day polling place delays last November.

Editorial: Connecticut Needs a Law on Tips

Federal law allows a restaurant to force its servers to relinquish their tips, including to management itself. The restaurant just has to pay its servers the full minimum wage, rather than the lower service wage.

Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park

The NRLB Is Policing Social Media Policies

By Peter Rydel and Agnes Romanowska |

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board has been aggressively enforcing the National Labor Relations Act as it applies to employers' social media policies as cyberspace has emerged as a forum for employees to discuss workplace conditions.

Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park

The NLRB's New Work Rules Guidance

By Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park |

On March 18, the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, Richard F. Griffin Jr., issued Memorandum GC 15-04, seeking to clarify what types of employer policies and rules are considered lawful and which are likely to interfere unlawfully with employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Rebecca Goldberg

Beware the Liabilities of Interns and Volunteers

By Rebecca Goldberg |

Summer is fast approaching, and that means interns and volunteers will proliferate in the workplace. While many employers have the best of intentions when using interns and volunteers, liability abounds.

Margaret M. Sheahan and Jessica Slipen

Wage Claims: To Settle or Not to Settle?

By Margaret M. Sheahan and Jessica A. Slippen |

The best way for lawyers to help their employer clients to avoid these problems is to familiarize them with the widely misunderstood and unknown obligations of the wage payment laws and help them structure a compliant compensation system.

Nina T. Pirrotti and Joshua R. Goodbaum

Handling Supsected Workplace Theft

By Nina T. Pirrotti and Joshua R. Goodbaum |

Employers that have "the goods" on employees who have committed workplace theft may think they are in the driver's seat. That may very well be, but we would admonish them not to drive that car too fast.

Adam Mocciolo

Comparisons at Heart of Pregnancy Discrimination Case

By Adam Mocciolo |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that when a plaintiff makes a claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act that an employer has failed to provide an accommodation for a pregnant employee that the employer provides for employees needing similar accommodation for non-pregnancy-related reasons, the burden shifts to the employer to show that it has a "legitimate, nondiscriminatory" reason for distinguishing between the two situations.

Antonio Ponvert

Inmate Wins $10 Verdict After Fight With Correction Officer


A prison inmate who claims he was beaten for no reason by correction officers was recently awarded $10 by a federal jury.

Collin O'Connor Udell

Parsing ERISA's Equitable Remedies Provision

By Collin O'Connor Udell |

Those interested in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, take note: On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Montanile v. Board of Trustees, which presents an important question that has deeply divided the circuits.